I’m Skip from the Luxury Flight Club. Here to help you find cheap business flights (we may see lower prices in the upcoming years). AMA!
TL;DR I search for cheap-premium-airfares on a daily basis. And I think anyone can fly business class for a reasonable price. Airlines have great sales and sometimes they make mistakes. We may even see cheaper fares in the upcoming years because of the slow recovery of business travel.
Disclaimer: It might not be the best time to fly right now because of obvious reasons. But more and more people are getting vaccinated and good deals for late ‘21 and next year are starting to pop up.
I’m Skip from the Luxury Flight Club and I like to help people find cheap business class flights.
In different subreddits, I've seen a lot of questions about how you can fly business for cheap. And I thought maybe I can help you with finding some low-priced premium fares. Because in the last 14+ months of daily premium fare searching, I learned that *it is* possible to fly in a lie-flat seat for a reasonable price
Airlines have sales where you can grab a business class seat for 1,5 - 2 x the price of economy. Sometimes they make a mistake and you can fly in a lie-flat seat for the same price as economy. And I think we can expect more of this in the upcoming years.
Why business class may become cheaper
Leisure travel is very slowly picking up again, but business travel might take a while. A lot of businesses learned that they can function great with the help of Zoom and remote workers. They don’t need to put their employees continually on planes.
The world’s largest business travel association isn’t expecting a full recovery before 2025 (if at all). link to report
In the short term, this may result in cheaper business class fares. This is because still, a large part of the plane has business class seats installed. And an airline needs to fill as many seats as possible for the flight to remain profitable.
In the longer term, this may result in a Ryanair-like approach to business class. Where the fare only includes a lie-flat seat. And everything else costs extra. For example meals, amenities, baggage, lounge access. This is what Zipair is doing. as shown in this YT video
Emirates & Qatar already stripped lounge access from their basic business class fares.
Why I started searching for cheap premium fares
I always loved flying as a kid. But as I got taller, flying got less fun. During my last flight (10h+ in economy), I couldn’t stop thinking about how it would be in one of those fancy lie-flat seats. And as a Dutchman, I wouldn’t like to pay the full fare.
So I started searching for cheap business class fares. I wasn’t planning any trips at the moment, but I started sharing those deals on forums and people seem to book it. It was great to help others save money on premium seats.
How it’s going now
Since then, I started to look for deals on a daily basis. It’s awesome to start your day with a little treasure hunt!
Inspired by Scott (from Scott Cheap Flights) I started an email list and it grew to 1,800+ members. I also post the deals on the website with affiliate links. This is to cover the costs to run everything.
A few business class roundtrip examples from the past:
London - Sao Paulo for £519
Budapest - Santiago de Chile for €476
Frankfurt - Tokyo (non-stop) for €649
Athens - Kuala Lumpur €816 (this one is bookable right now for JAN/FEB '22) search link
Boston - the Azores for $610
New York - Madrid for $798
I didn’t have the opportunity to fly these deals yet (damn you Covid). But I think the prices of a lie-flat seat might even get cheaper. Ask me anything!
UPDATE: I completely understand that there are a lot of comments about self-promotion. Especially because there are quite a few flight searchers who have done an AMA similar to this one in the past.
But I also think not many people know that flying business class isn’t exclusively for the elite, so I thought I could help a few Redditors with this AMA.
PS I bought the www.luxuryFIGHTclub.com domain and I’m open to suggestions on how we can turn this into something cool. But don’t talk about this with others!
UPDATE 2: Thanks for all the great questions and support. I hope this is helpful for some of you guys. It's been 5+ hours, I'm taking a short break to eat something. I will get back to answer some more!
UPDATE 3: I'm back for another 2 hours :)
UPDATE 4: Okay guys, it's been 8 hours and I'm calling it a day. Thanks to all who joined today and I hope to see you in the skies soon!